Secret Service investigating burned cat left at Obama campaign sign


The Secret Service is investigating an assumed threat to President Barack Obama – a burned cat left staked to a tree stump beside an Obama campaign sign in a Minneapolis park.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that a park employee early Aug. 13 found the cat’s carcass in Longfellow Park, which led local authorities to alert federal agencies.

The cat was staked with a handheld U.S. flag on a small stick, according to a federal law enforcement official. Standing next to the cat was an Obama/Biden 2012 campaign sign.

The newspaper reported that as of 10 a.m. Aug. 14, no arrests had been made.

The president was traveling in the Midwest. At his closest, he was about 230 miles south of Minneapolis in Iowa.

Minnesota voters are headed to the polls on Aug. 14 to cast ballots in the state primary, which includes selecting candidates for two general election congressional races.

In the November election, voters will decide a number of races for elected office, as well as a ballot initiative to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.